Ysaÿe sonata 4: quadruple stops (with/without shared stem, quavers vs semiquavers)

Edited: December 20, 2020, 3:48 PM · It looks as if the notation is simply not consistent:
- on the first line, the semiquavers share the same stem
- on the second line, the lower semiquavers have their own stem
- on the third line, the lower notes are written as quavers
examples of 4-stops

Does this have a meaning?

For context, the notes appear here in the score:

detail from sonata 4

Replies (2)

Edited: December 21, 2020, 1:24 PM · I agree. This is inconsistent. The question though is: Does it matter much? Of course without seeing the autograph we can't even know if Ysaÿe or the engraver is "at fault".
Edited: December 23, 2020, 3:36 AM · Maybe the bass line should be more accentuated with each occurrence? Or that we should linger a fraction longer on them?

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